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WATCH Fisherman Catches Massive Bull Shark in Long Island, New York

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Imagine yourself standing near as a fisherman catches a Bull Shark in New York. Something I never thought I would see. It is quite a catch of a lifetime. The angler seems to be very stoked with himself. Let us find out more!

Shark Sightings Surge

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Bull Shark. Image by Andaman via

Sometimes due to weather and ocean conditions bringing in warmer water and more food, these sharks seem to flood in. This sighting marks the 10th for that week, an incredible increase! A surge in shark sightings has prompted authorities to take swift action. Everytime a shark is spotted, urging swimmers to clear the water. 

A Fisherman’s Tale

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Albert Kok, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A fisherman named TJ, a 21-year-old from Manhasset, surprised us all. He embarked on a fishing trip to Nickerson Beach, little did he know what would happen next. He would soon be in a battle with a bull shark. For a grueling two and a half hours, TJ struggled to keep his grip on the fishing rod as the powerful shark zigzagged along the beach. His hands were left exhausted, but he persevered. 

Bull Sharks Impressive Nature

Bulls shark at the Bahamas. Image via Depositphotos

The bull shark is an impressive animal! Generally, known for its aggressive nature and adaptability. One thing that always surprises me is that it can thrive in both saltwater and freshwater environments. 

Why The Occurrence?

Bull shark. Image via Depositphotos

Generally, they are found along the coast, so sightings near beaches are not unusual. Although their reputation is more aggressive, they do not target humans. Evidently, we see them feed on fish, making them a crucial part of the ocean’s food web.

Shark Patrols

Bull Shark (Carcharhinus Leucas), Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Image via Depositphotos

In response to the recent surge in sightings, authorities in Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead have stepped up their efforts to ensure beachgoer safety. Additional patrols, including helicopter surveillance and jet ski patrols, are deployed to scan the waters for lurking sharks. 

Wrapping Up with Fisherman Catches Massive Bull Shark in Long Island, New York

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Man catches bull shark on Long Island, Source: Youtube, Eyewitness News ABC7NY

Shark sightings can be unnerving to most of us. But it is essential to remember that these creatures play a vital role in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystems. Generally, the fear of shark attacks outweighs the actual risk. Evidently, as these apex predators are more interested in their natural prey than in humans. Often just mistaking humans for seals.

As beaches continue to open and close in response to shark sightings, it’s crucial for us as beachgoers to remain cautious. Especially, heeding to the guidance of lifeguards.

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